What is contemplative computing?

  • Contemplative computing may sound like an oxymoron, but it's really quite simple. It's about how to use information technologies and social media so they're not endlessly distracting and demanding, but instead help us be more mindful, focused and creative.

    My book on contemplative computing, The Distraction Addiction, was published by Little, Brown and Co. in 2013, and is available in bookstores and online. This 2011 talk is a good introduction to the project and its big ideas.

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Brian B

Thanks for the post. Your link to the article about spelling with your hands reminded me of a related conversation I recently had with a student.

She has a friend who, like me, uses the Dvorak keyboard layout on his own computer but has to use QWERTY on his smartphone. When he has to use a full-size QWERTY keyboard, she said, he types using just his thumbs.

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Fascinating! I've never heard of that before, but it makes perfect sense-- even if it doesn't sound very comfortable.

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